Monday, February 10, 2014

Netherland Dwarf Makes Rounds as Therapy Rabbit

Laura VanDerLind of Shell Beach, a speech pathologist who works with dementia patients, works with a more unusual therapy pet: her year-old rabbit, Chubby Bunny (photo on right).  Chubby is a 2 year old, 2 lb. Netherland Dwarf breed rabbit. 

I have often heard Netherlands are biters and some people even say they are "mean."  This is so far from the truth.  They are one of the smallest size breeds and a lot can seem threatening to them. My sister, Bonnie, had a Netherland Dwarf for many years she adopted from a humane society.  Her nickname for Miss Sage that first year was "raptor" because she bit every hand that got near.  Eventually with gentle care she became a calm, very non-aggressive bunny girl. Even when Sage required lots of handling for medical care later in life she never once bit or nipped a hand after her first year with Bonnie.  Chubby Bunny shows what good care and kindness can create for a Netherland Dwarf rabbit who now brings "smiles from end-stage dementia patients who otherwise sat mute in their wheelchairs."  Full article at Tribune News. (Photo credit: Courtesy Photo Tribune News)

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